UN encourages entrepreneurship

The United Nations recently took a step in promoting entrepreneurship as a centerpiece of economic growth and stability around the world. Following through on a mandate from its Entrepreneurship for Development resolution, the UN General Assembly convened a diverse group of experts to examine how to create environments that help entrepreneurs launch and grow startups that eradicate poverty, generate wealth and improve lives.

The objectives outlined in the UN resolution align closely with those of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship that will be held this Nov.18-24 for the sixth consecutive year. GEW is an initiative founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2008 that connects people to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.

Thom Ruhe, vice president for entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, was one of the experts who addressed the Assembly.

“Like the UN, GEW’s goal is to foster entrepreneurship worldwide as a tool for development,” Ruhe said. “It is an honor to bring Kauffman’s research and expertise in entrepreneurship education to the Assembly’s discussion. Education is, indeed, the first step toward empowering the citizens of the world through entrepreneurship.”

The resolution encourages all UN-related bodies to “recognize and integrate entrepreneurship in its various forms into their policies, programmes and reports, and to support national efforts in this regard.” The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and theInternational Labour Organization (ILO) have embraced the charge by getting actively involved in GEW and organizing events to examine public policies important to growth.

The UN and ILO are just two of 9,000 partner organizations worldwide that hold events, activities and competitions during GEW each November to expand and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems.